Published On: Tue, Jul 15th, 2014

Typhoon Glenda hits the Philippines, 150,000 people evacuated

Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) hit the Philippine archipelago late Tuesday night making landfall in Albay province packing sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 160 kph (99 mph). 

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) says the storm will hit the very populated capital of Metro manila Wednesday morning. PAGASA has issued a yellow rainfall warning for  Metro Manila, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Tarlac, and Zambales, which means possible flooding in low-lying areas and in Metro Manila.  

The latest from PAGASA puts the eye of  “Glenda”  in the vicinity of Nagcarlan, Laguna, or 70 km southeast of Metro Manila with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gusts of up to 185 kph. The storm is moving west-northwest at 26 kph. It is expected to cross Metro Manila before noon tomorrow and exit the Luzon landmass via Zambales by Wednesday evening.

The Associated Press reports that areas where Glenda made landfall suffered flooding in low-lying villages, ripping off roofs and knocking down trees and electric posts. Schools in the region canceled classes and several international flights were grounded. Shipping lanes were closed in anticipation of rough seas, stranding hundreds of would-be ferry passengers at ports.

The Philippines government reports a total of 33,802 families or 148,525 persons were evacuated in various areas in Regions IV-B, V, and VIII.

Image/Philippines government

Image/Philippines government

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